Event box

Saturday, June 29, 2024
7:30pm - 9:10pm
Billy Wilder Theater
UCLA Film & Television Archive

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Iran/U.K., 2023

Filmmaker Maryam Tafakory weaves original footage and clips from post-revolution Iranian cinema to craft a beautifully felt and richly executed reflection on a first date. 

DCP, color, in Persian and English with English subtitles, 17 min. Director: Maryam Tafakory.

Dark Matter

Iran, 2023

Director Karim Lakzadeh channels the French New Wave by way of Jim Jarmusch into this wildly unexpected and entirely welcome independent Iranian production. A trio of aspiring, young filmmakers throw caution — and the hijab (literally) — to the wind when they rob a local gangster to fund their DIY movie. Shot in black and white with an eye to bold angles, Dark Matter exudes a playful cool and an infectious love of cinema. This is a boy, a girl and a gun Iranian-style. 

DCP, b&w and color, in Persian with English subtitles, 82 min. Director: Karim Lakzadeh. Screenwriter: Karim Lakzadeh. With: Shadab Mahdiar, Keyvan Parmar, Iman Sayyad Borhani.

Part of: 2024 UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema

Event Organizer

Katy Nicholas